Rockets dominate Remparts in Memorial Cup semi-final
The Kelowna Rockets scored four goals in both the second and third periods en-route to a dominating 9-3 win over the Quebec Remparts Friday night in Memorial Cup semi-final action at Colisée Pepsi.
The Rockets will play Oshawa in the Memorial Cup Final on Sunday.
Justin Kirkland led the way for Kelowna with two goals and two assists. Rourke Chartier also chipped in with two goals as Leon Draisaitl and Josh Morrissey each added a goal and two assists.
Adam Erne had a goal and an assist for the Remparts.
Erne opened the scoring for Quebec just 3:11 into the game for his third of the tournament beating Rockets goalie Jackson Whistle five-hole.
The Rockets tied the game at the 9:51 mark as Chance Braid scored his first of the tournament on a cross-crease play from Tomas Soustal. Cole Linaker also picked up an assist.
In the second period, Draisaitl gave the Rockets a 2-1 lead with a power play goal just 17 seconds in. Gage Quinney and Josh Morrissey picked up assists.
On another power play, Kirkland made it 3-1 at 3:23 having all the time in the world to make a move in front of the net and finished off with a backhand past Remparts goalie Zachary Fucale. Draisaitl and Morrissey drew assists.
Kirkland struck again just 43 seconds later for his second of the game and second of the tournament for a 4-1 Rockets lead. Rodney Southam and Madison Bowey picked up helpers.
Morrissey let a point shot go that beat Fucale to give the Rockets a commanding 5-1 lead at 16:46. Joe Gatenby and Kirkland drew assists.
In the third period, The Remparts got back on the board with Anthony Duclair scoring on a partial breakaway just 21 seconds in. Erne drew the lone assist on Duclair’s second of the tournament.
Kelowna responded at the 2:17 mark with Chartier scoring his first of the tournament for a 6-2 Rockets lead with Tyson Baillie drawing the lone assist.
Just 37 second later, Linaker made a 7-2 game with his first of the tournament. Braid drew the lone assist.
Quebec made it a four-goal game once again with Dmytro Timashov scoring his third of the tournament on the power play at 6:45. Guillaume Gauthier and Marc-Olivier Roy drew assists.
Baillie added a power play marker at 13:26 with Kirkland and Draisaitl picking up assists before Chartier’s second of the game made it 9-3 at 14:48. Southam and Cole Martin drew assists.
Whistle made 20 saves in the winning goal for Kelowna. Fucale made 35 saves in goal for Quebec.
Sunday’s Final goes 7 p.m. EST.